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Pastitsada Recipe: A Traditional Greek Spaghetti Recipe

This pastitsada recipe, a traditional Greek spaghetti recipe, will take you around 40 minutes to prepare and around 60 minutes to cook. Pastitsada (the Greek word for it is Παστιτσάδα) is a popular Greek dish from the island of Corfu, one of the most beautiful islands of Greece. This is one of their traditional Sunday dinners. This delicious pastitsada recipe features lean veal and spaghetti, as well olive oil, minced onions, sliced garlic cloves, white wine, cloves, cinnamon, fresh or canned tomatoes, butter and grated kefalograviera cheese. I usually make this with makaroni No 2 which you can find at any Greek store, but any kind of spaghetti would be just fine.

This pastitsada recipe serves around 4 to 6 persons and can be made with a rooster as well instead of beef.

pastitsada recipe

Pastitsada Recipe – Ingredients

  • 1 – 1 ½ kg of veal cut in cubes portion size
  • ¾ teacup of Greek olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 2 full tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • One full tablespoon mixture of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 500 g of spaghetti package (makaroni No 2)
  • One small bowl with kefalograviera cheese (or parmesan), grated

Pastitsada Recipe – Instructions

  1. Start this pastitsada recipe by taking a skillet and add 6 tablespoons of olive oil and one of butter.
  2. Brown meat on all sides.
  3. Add onion and garlic. Saute for around 2 minutes.
  4. Add the spices and stir so that the meat can take the spice scent.
  5. Add the wine, the tomato paste, sugar, salt, pepper and 1 cup of hot water.
  6. Simmer until meat is tender and a nice sauce is created.
  7. Taste to see if additional salt is needed. Add to taste. Stir again.
  8. In the meantime, cook spaghetti according to package instructions.
  9. Once ready, drain them and put them again in the pot. Add 2 spoons of butter and stir well.
  10. Serve spaghetti.
  11. Top each plate with beef.
  12. Pour over one to two tablespoons of the beef sauce on each plate
  13. Richly top with the kefalograviera cheese.

I hope you like this pastitsada recipe. Stay tuned to my blog for more traditional Greek recipes.

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